Raspberry (Rubus spp.) leaf mixed with members of the rose and mint families come together in this new mother’s tea recipe, making the most of herbs and botanicals that are known for their association with pregnancy and postpartum health. Mineral-rich and aromatically soothing, this raspberry leaf tea with mint (Mentha spp.) leaf and lady’s mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris) leaf is sure to please and promote wellness in the new parent.
According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA), raspberry leaf contains iron, is thought to increase milk production, and promotes uterine health (APA, 2012). Tannin-rich lady’s mantle, the other main ingredient in this new mother blend, is known for its astringent properties and its promotion of postpartum uterine health (“Lady’s Mantle Facts,” 2019). Lady’s mantle is a member of the rose family and has been associated with women’s health for centuries.
Raspberry Leaf Tea with Lady’s Mantle and Mint
Sip this raspberry leaf tea with lady’s mantle to regenerate your body and mind. Choose from either peppermint or spearmint to boost iron and vitamin A levels as well as to add a dynamic aroma to the tea (Pearson, 2017). Remember when working with dried herbs and botanicals to store them out of sunlight in airtight containers until use.
2 parts raspberry (Rubus spp.) leaf
2 parts lady’s mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris) leaf
1 part nettle(Urtica dioica) leaf
1 part peppermint (Mentha x piperita) or spearmint (Mentha spicata) leaf
½ part rose (Rosa spp.) petals
- Blend the herbs together in a large bowl using a clean dry spoon.
- Store the herbal mix in a jar until use.
- Place 4 tablespoons of your infusion blend in a shatter-resistant vessel with a tight-fitting lid.
- Cover with approximately 4 cups of just-boiled hot water, cover, and steep for 4 to 8 hours.
- Separate the solid matter from the infused liquid using a strainer.
- Reheat the infusion before drinking or enjoy over ice.
- Store extra infusion in the refrigerator for up to two days.
When a tea recipe uses the term “parts” it means you can make as much or as little as you like, as long as you keep the ratio the same. This nourishing tea blend is the ideal “push present” for the new mom.
For more nutrient-rich recipes and blends for new mothers, see:
American Pregnancy Association, (APA). (2012). Herbal tea and pregnancy [Online article]. Retrieved from https://americanpregnancy.org/healthy-pregnancy/is-it-safe/herbal-tea-999
Justis, A. (2017). 6 DIY recipes For gentle herbal support for new moms [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://theherbalacademy.com/gentle-herbal-support-for-new-moms/
“Lady’s mantle facts and health benefits [Online article].” (2019) Retrieved from https://www.healthbenefitstimes.com/ladys-mantle/
Pearson, K. (2017). 8 health benefits of mint [Online article]. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/mint-benefits#TOC_TITLE_HDR_2